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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 5, 2010 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hear, hear (or Here, here)

Hey DP -

"Recently I've been shifting my energy towards preparing for a paradigm shift and away from uncovering the endless dirty secrets of career bureaucrats and corrupt agencies.

Ya know, learning how to grow food, learning how to live in love and acceptance, following what feels right in my mind/body/soul instead of living up to past expectations."

As soon as the collective we wakes up and realizes that the professional, multi-term politicians on both sides of the aisle are the architects of the demise of this country I think your shift will happen rapidly. I can't wait.

Good luck with the garden - throw in some community efforts like a CSA or a Dairy co-op and you have the foundation of a Transition Town right in your backyard. I posted this a while back; this was Mrs. Mando's and my proof of concept project last year.

We were hoping to offset 10% of our vegetable consumption from our square foot gardens - beyond our wildest expectations we grew close to 90% of what veggies we ate from May-October last year. Not to mention all the canning we did and gave away to friends and family, plus learning a skill set that I have no doubt will soon come in handy.

You want to get me going? Start talking about any one of the following:

1. Pre Brent Dead
2. Square Foot Gardening
3. The Federal Reserve and why Central Banking should be declared unconstitutional.

Good luck with the garden my friend.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 8, 2010 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hear, hear (or Here, here)

Does another breed of politicians even exist? Doesn't seem possible to me under this current system. I hope there are some peaceful and intelligent people out there thinking about what a small, effective federal government could look like. I'm all about bio-regionalism and believe that each communities can recognize how much power they have by acting locally. Ideally, self governing regions would be delineated by watershed and larger governments established by interconnected watersheds.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 8, 2010 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hear, hear (or Here, here)

Finally checked out your wonderful garden photos, mando!

For a first year growers, you guys really went all out AND you're already saving and sharing seeds! That intensive square foot method you are using is really perfect for space limited areas.

How's your compost pile?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 8, 2010 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hear, hear (or Here, here)

Compost is a learning process too. Go figure.

I have a 3 stage stacked barrel I use. Top chamber is about 45 gallons and takes all the grass clippings, spring leaves and food scraps (no meat or carnivore droppings). That takes about 12 weeks to turn over that volume, but it starts settling right away.

Once the bottom layer gets "squishy" I drop it into a middle chamber that has a little more air circulation. This dries the compost out some and it starts to break into smaller chunks. These fall on to a slanted tray that I periodically wipe down with a hoe and drop down to the ground layer where once I accumulate enough I start shoveling the stuff out and filling in the beds. Once I get the temperature and moisture levels right I can crank out about a gallon of compost a week.

The trick is getting the right aeration, moisture and heat. Too much moisture and it gets real hot and turns to goo that just runs out the bottom of the barrel. Too dry and it stops composting.

We may buy a couple thousand red wriggler worms this year to dump into the beds to help out.

From driving nuclear submarines to square foot gardening and vermicompost??? And they both take about the same amount of attention to detail.